After making his first Reserve-team start in the opening game of the 2009/10 season, Conor Henderson went on to make seven appearances for Neil Banfield's side.

He also continued to show his technical prowess in the Under-18s where his precision passing helped front men Benik Afobe and Luke Freeman achieve impressive goal tallies.

The Republic of Ireland youth international was a key part of the team that beat Manchester United and Nottingham Forest in the Academy League play-offs.

In April he earned a place in the first-team squad for the trip to Wigan.

CONOR HENDERSON 2009/10 SEASON STATS
Competition Appearances Goals
Reserve League 6+1 0
Academy League 15+2 6
FA Youth Cup
1
0

SOUNDBITE
"Just to be included [in a first-team squad] was massive for me, I was so happy to be going with the squad. I know what I have to work on to improve my game, so I'll do that work and hopefully I'll be a better player next season."

FINEST MOMENT
The 2009/10 campaign was a important one for Conor after a nine-month lay-off the previous season. But the midfielder showed his development hadn't been hampered and in April Arsène Wenger included him in the first-team squad for the Premier League match at Wigan.

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